The North Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) will be participating in Operation Impact this Thanksgiving long weekend.
Every year, the OPP participates in Operation Impact, an annual national road safety campaign that aims to make Canada's roads the safest in the world.
The North Bay City Police Service is also participating.
The campaign focuses on increasing public compliance with traffic laws relating to the "Big Four" causal factors in motor vehicle collision fatalities with the aim of saving lives.
The "Big Four" consists of impaired, inattentive and aggressive driving as well as lack of seatbelt use.
The OPP say these causal factors account for the majority of motor vehicle collision fatalities in jurisdictions across the country including those policed by the OPP.
This year, from January 1 to October 1, North East Region has seen 21 fatalities involving motor vehicle collisions:
- Alcohol and/or drugs were a factor in 2 of the deaths;
- Speed was a factor in 4 of the deaths;
- Inattentive driving was a factor in 4 of the deaths;
- Failure to wear a seatbelt was a factor in 2 of the deaths.
The North Bay Detachment will have increased patrols during this time including Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere (RIDE) Programs, marine patrol and all-terrain vehicle (ATV) patrol.